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Posted in: Trans-Pacific trade pact takes effect without U.S. amid protectionism See in context

Wow! Cheaper kiwi fruit — all my Christmases have come at once!

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Posted in: Japan to make alcohol tests mandatory for pilots See in context

"The move comes after a Japan Airlines co-pilot was arrested in Britain last month shortly before a flight for being almost 10 times over the legal blood alcohol limit"

That co-pilot, Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, wasn't just "arrested", he was found guilty and sentenced to 10 months in a British prison.

Wouldn't that be nice if such punishments were handed out over here? I feel pretty sure that even Japanese pilots would take heed if the knew they were going to be punished in any way more serious than a mere slap on the wrist.

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Posted in: Princess Ayako marries in ritual-filled ceremony at Meiji Shrine See in context

They look like a very happy couple and I wish them all the happiness in the world, but couldn't somebody have told him his trousers were too short before they took the photograph?

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Posted in: Times are changing See in context

Wow, what progress! Two native women speak to a black man; I just hope I live long enough to see the same thing happen in my own country — England. But, perhaps, that's just a pipe dream.

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Posted in: Tokyo Medical University confirms altering scores to limit women See in context

So, who is going to resign; who is going to go to prison, and how much compensation is the school going to pay to each and every woman it cheated out of a career?

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Posted in: Brand new Shibuya mall and hotel to open in Sept with riverside strolls, tasty food See in context

By "riverside" do you mean the filthy concrete-sided canal?

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Posted in: No. of crime syndicate members in Japan falls to record low in 2017 See in context

The man in the photograph, Shigeharu Shirai, is suspected in Japan of colluding in the murder of another yakuza gangster, but, at 74, but, because of the lightning speed of the Japanese justice system, will probably never actually come to trial.

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Posted in: Japan's antismoking plan with gaping loophole sparks outcry See in context

I don't suppose this decision has anything to do with the fact that the Japanese government owns a huge chunk of Japan Tobacco and, therefore, benefits financially not only in terms of tax but also from profits by selling more coffin nails to more coughing males. Or am I just being cycnical?

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Posted in: When big companies in Japan get caught up in scandals, their presidents always bow and apologize at press conferences. In general, do you think top executives should stay and fix the problem or resign? See in context

You actually didn't give us the choice most of us would go for; that is that fraudulent Japanese executives should face serious prison years for their dishonesty and downright moral turpitude. Takata, the air bag manufacturer, for example, was bankrupted after US courts took action after several deaths caused by their products — but, in Japan, a deep bow and a couple of go-menasais was enough.

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Posted in: What you'll be wearing in 2018 See in context

Oh No we won't!

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Posted in: Fukushima court rules TEPCO, gov't liable over 2011 disaster See in context

Well, that's a start. However, isn't it about time some of the TEPCO (Totally Evil Power Company?) executives were brought to court and, maybe, actually punished by, heaven forbid, actual prison time. Surely some of them must take responsibility for destroying the livelihoods of thousands upon thousands of people?

Also, what about the government cover-up merchants like Yukio Edano? Shouldn't he be prosecuted for "alleged" lying? At least prison time would give him an opportunity to wear a different colored boiler suit than the one he generally wore while talking about Fukushima from his extremely safe bolt hole in Tokyo.

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Posted in: Suga, Onodera inspect PAC-3 missile units See in context

"Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) soldiers walk past a Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile"

Well, knock me down with a feather! I could have sworn they were "marching" past the missile. Come on, JT, stop pandering to the pretense that Japan doesn't have a military! If you really want to be full members of the deniers' club, why not say they were "strolling", "promenading" or "ambling"?

Please remember, jingoism starts with the laziness of the press.

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Posted in: Tokyo restaurant highlights dementia awareness See in context

"Japan is a global frontrunner in confronting dementia ... "

If this is so, how come there are so many Japanese suffering from dementia with almost zero help from the government, and who have to rely almost totally on their family "carers", who are often also elderly, but who can't even take days off?

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Posted in: Newlywed Rei Kikukawa’s husband in hot water over multiple affairs, out-of-wedlock children See in context

"Though it is not illegal in Japan to have a child outside marriage ..."

Pardon me, but does this suggest that the writer is suggesting that it should be illegal in the future, or is it just admitting that Japan is the same as basically every other non-theocracy — heaven forbid!

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Posted in: Japan needs anti-smoking law ahead of Tokyo Olympics: WHO See in context

Does anyone think that the fact that the Japanese government, which still owns one-third of the shares of JT (Japan Tobacco), which it used to run as a monopoly, has anything to do with its reluctance to ban smoking? No, of course nobody would ever suspect Japanese politicians of pandering to purely financial gain at the expense of the health of its citizens!

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Posted in: Abe hopeful 'Premium Friday' will boost consumption See in context

"will encourage workers to enjoy activities such as shopping, dining and traveling"

So Premium Friday doesn't apply to workers in the retail, catering and leisure industries?

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Posted in: Who would you say has been the most famous fictional character of the past two centuries? See in context

tmarie

tmarie who? Now Poirot I have heard of!

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Posted in: Who would you say has been the most famous fictional character of the past two centuries? See in context

I voted for Sherlock Holmes, as Santa is not fictional.

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Posted in: Mel Gibson: 'It's time Hollywood forgave me' See in context

Don't be ridiculous, you racist, antisemitic idiot. Nothing you have said even slightly shows that you have changed your mind or your attitude. You just sound like a hurt little child who doesn't even understand, because you are so naive, why adults are angry when you torture insects.

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Posted in: Trump: I'll run America like my business See in context

Into the ground and into bankruptcy?

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Posted in: Fury at debate as Trump refuses pledge to respect a Clinton win See in context

Dictionary definition:

trumpery

PRONUNCIATION: (TRUHM-puh-ree)

MEANING: noun:

Something showy but worthless. Nonsense or rubbish. Deceit; fraud; trickery.

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Posted in: Renault-Nissan's Ghosn to head Mitsubishi Motors: report See in context

"Nicknamed Le Cost Killer"

Actually, at Nissan he was nicknamed "Mr 7-11" because he got to work earlier and stayed later than the Japanese — as well as working consistently hard during those hours.

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Posted in: Japan's navy chief urges resumption of China port visits See in context

Er? "Japan's navy"? Despite a warmongering, belligerent prime minister, I believe Japan's naval protection forces are still called the "Maritime Self-defense forces"! Why not just add "Imperial" and complete the circle?

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Posted in: Since Aug 21, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been to Brazil, Kenya, Russia, China, Laos, the U.S. and Cuba. Do you think he is traveling abroad too much? See in context

Let's hope that while he's abroad he can't be doing as much damage to the Japanese economy (Abe-failed-nomics), morality (making it OK for Japan to attempt to become a military power again), and general well-being (thank-the Lord-he's not here again). Perhaps next year he could aim for, maybe, 366 days abroad? Japan and the world would be much better for it.

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Posted in: Japan's Self-Defense Forces, who have not fired a shot in combat abroad since the end of World War II, are training for rescue missions and U.N. peacekeeping operations under new security-related laws See in context

Unfortunately, they may do very well and be extremely, coldly efficient; just as they were over Korea, China, Russia, and, for quite a long time, the Brits and the Yanks

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Posted in: Orlando Bloom visits Japan to promote British Airways' 787-9 Dreamliner flights from London to Narita See in context

Orlando, Why would anyone take a flight to Narita, when BA also fly to Haneda. The trip from the Haneda to central Tokyo takes around 20 minutes as opposed to 90 minutes from Narita — well worth missing afternoon tea, (which, by the way, you also get on Haneda flights)

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Posted in: Akie Abe visits Pearl Harbor See in context

Next? Abe? Sorry?

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Posted in: Mitsubishi scandal probe finds unrealistic goals, conflicts See in context

"Mitsubishi Chairman Osamu Masuko, who helped engineer the Nissan deal, reiterated an apology and promised the company will penalize managers found responsible for the cheating."

How about penalizing a Chairman who let all this happen?

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Posted in: Fuji Television to offer online streaming of its video content in Taiwan See in context

Does Fuji intend to offer the same streaming service to people in Japan?

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Posted in: Trump praises late Iraqi leader Saddam as terrorist killer See in context

I had hoped that I would never again have to look at a photograph of the mass murderer Saddam Hussein, and I can't express how disgusted I am that any American —never mind a putative presidential candidate — had the downright gall to suggest that the Iraqi monster had acceptable anti-terrorist credentials. He was not a freedom fighter; he murdered other Iraqis, including members of his own family. If Trump considers familicide and genocide as acceptable — well, perhaps there is still hope!

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